CARSTAR is one of our corporate sponsors and I have encouraged them to share information that would be of benefit to the industry whether they are part of their network or not. Collin Welsh and Jennifer Paulino have stepped up with a number of articles to help our SAAR members better serve their customers. 


How To Protect Your Vehicle from a Hail Damage


With heavy rain and seasonal hailstorms in the forecast, residents are readying their homes, but they shouldn’t forget their second-largest asset, their vehicle.


High winds, hail, and debris from a storm can do tremendous damage to an unprotected vehicle,” says Tony Mammone, vice president of operations, CARSTAR Canada. “Vehicles are getting increasingly more complex in their engineering, so any damage can affect more than just the exterior of your vehicle. Features like backup cameras, anti-lock braking, and blind-spot detection all require sensors to work, and that technology needs to be repaired after it’s damaged.”

“To protect your car against hail damage this spring, it is important to observe weather warnings and ensure your vehicle is in a safe place if a storm event is coming,” comments Mammone. “Park your car in your garage or find a secure parking garage and park on an upper level, if possible, to protect it until the storm passes. If a garage isn’t available, park close to a large building on higher ground to protect from wind and debris.”

Dealing with the aftermath of a big storm can be challenging. Getting your car back up and running shouldn’t add to anyone’s stress. To help with the process, CARSTAR suggests:

  • After the storm clears the first thing you should do is contact your SGI and talk to your preferred body shop to get your vehicle into the repair queue as soon as possible. 
  • Record any damage to your vehicle with photos and video, including street names, road signs, and details on the storm’s impact.
  • If your vehicle has been flooded, don’t attempt to drive it, as the water can damage the electronics, engine, fuel system, and other critical components – contact a repair professional for assistance.

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Here are some reasons why to take a look at Sun Collision. OEM information is OEM information, that can’t be changed. What can be changed is how you lay it out and the ease of use to get to it. I believe that our program offers the easiest way of navigation, with an average of 2-3 clicks you are right at the forefront of the information. We separated the information into individual tabs so that you’re not needing to sift through paragraphs of info to reach the answer. We offer 5 concurrent users at no additional cost. We have a complete team to guide you if you’re having trouble in your search. They are ASE certified technicians waiting to assist you. Our program also comes with complete training. Our program is updated every 4-6 weeks, so you will have the most concurrent OEM info.

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When was the last time you had your noise levels tested at your business? If your staff are exposed to noise levels that exceed 80dBA; the employer shall ensure that the noise level is measured and evaluated by a competent person.

MSA’s competent Safety Advisors can come to your site at no additional charge and conduct noise level testing. We will also provide you with Noise Level Decals and a Noise Level Summary Report. Click here to book now:

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From our friends at the Society of Collision Repair Specialists you can download their Guide to Complete Estimating and Repair Planning here You may want to use it as is or use it as a template to develop your own in-house repair planning guide.


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The ARA Group Benefits plan has proven to offer significant savings and stable renewals. The association group plan is insured by Sun Life and is one of the largest in Canada, covering over 3,000 employees and their families. All revenue generated by the plan is used to support the automotive industry through the ARA.

 What is the difference of an association plan? The ARA employee benefits plans are self-administered by the association which runs as a not for profit. This means that members of the plan can use more plan for less cost than any other plan available outside of the association. For example, the ARA can obtain a target loss ratio (TLR) of 85%. This is 15-20% higher than most employee benefits plans offered in Saskatchewan.

 What is a target loss ratio? It is essentially the percentage of premiums paid that can be used towards benefits. Most plans offer a TLR of 70%, while the other 30% goes to administration costs, commissions, etc. Since ARA self-administers, it can increase your TLR by 15% meaning employees can use more of the plan without the worry of seeing an increase in premiums the following year.

 What does this all mean for SAAR members? Well to start, it is the opportunity to participate in one of the largest, longest running and most stable association plans in Canada. You have the chance to get more out of your group benefits plan while saving money along the way. So far, we have seen a 5-25% savings in premiums along with many improvements to current benefit plans. We encourage you to take full advantage of this opportunity.

 How do I get on the plan? First, we would gather information and supply you with a quote. We will provide you with a comparison if you currently have a plan. We will also help you to analyze your plan to ensure you have the coverage you and your employees need. If you feel satisfied, we will implement the new plan the following month. If you wish, getting a quote is free and only takes about 10 minutes out of your day to supply us with the proper information.


If you wish to obtain a free quote and comparison, please feel free to contact one of our team members and we will happily help.


We look forward to working with you!


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